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Hello, this is Kirk talking a little bit about the useless things I’ve learned attempting to watch a movie for every day of the year 2016.  It’s definitely proven that I have no social life whatsoever, but I suspected that nobody questioned that at all.  Don’t worry if you thought the last post was TL;DR, this one is going to be much shorter.  Nobody is reading these anyway…

The 80’s

I guess I am just super late to this party, but its apparent now that the 80’s were the greatest time for movies.  Why?  I am not sure.  It is the only decade that seems to have given me more positive than negative so far in this challenge.  Even when the movies are objectively bad, they are awesome to watch.  I can't be certain (because I am no film history scholar) but I think the eighties just had more room for risk.  Some of the plots of 80’s classics are absolutely ridiculous but that only makes them more intriguing.  There was also less worry about political correctness so the content could be off color.  After averaging out the movies the data proves it: Footloose, Die Hard, Flashdance, The Terminator, Rain Man, Big Trouble in Little China, The Monster Squad, and John Hughes…

John Mother Ducking Hughes

When it comes to the cannon of the Hughes I’ve been woefully ignorant.  I had seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but never watched any of the others.  With this challenge I made it a point to organize a block of John Hughes with Sixteen Candles, Breakfest Club, and Weird Science.  After starting those I included Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (again), and Some Kind of Wonderful.  All of those films except for one were watched on the same day.  John Hughes was a damn genius.  One reason is that the dude knew how to write believable teenage characters.  He never made them two-dimensional stereotypes (long duk dong excluded) or sold them out to deliver a message.   Even when a character is secondary, time was taken to give them a depth for you to chew on.  There really isn't anything I can write to do justice to his work.  All I can do is implore everyone who will listen to watch some of his movies, because you will enjoy them in some way.  One important thing he does with his teenage characters is have them use foul language...

Kids Curse

The Monster Squad was a ridiculous movie about middle school kids fighting a team up of classic movie monsters.  It’s fantastic for many reasons, but for one it in particular that it shares with the Hughes films, Heathers, American Pie, and Footloose.  Kids and Teenagers are some of the worst humans we have, and (prior to millennials) are some of the most politically incorrect.  They are the right amount of ignorant and stubborn to make for compelling characters on screen if they are allowed to be.  When I was in elementary/middle school, you better believe I cursed.  I would tell jokes that were inappropriate from my age.  I would seek out things that I shouldn’t.  If I came across a cinematic scale story, I wouldn’t be a completely pure polite snowflake- and frankly neither would you or your kids.  If you had a kid that was completely by the book and never got out of line they would probably be psycho...

Alfred Father Birding Hitchcock

I have never watched Alfred Hitchcock movies and the only reason was I thought they wouldn't hold up to a modern lens.  I was very wrong.  I had a Hitchcock-themed Sunday and watched five of his most popular films: Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds.  They were awesome and held up very well.  The stories were very unnerving, and the performances were (mostly) fantastic.  The only negative thing is that these films really highlight just how far we've come for women's rights.  If you can accept that the past was terrible to non-white males the movies will be enjoyable ...

Thank you if you read, now i got to watch a couple more movies.
-Kirk